The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced that peaches and nectarines from California and the Pacific Northwest are now allowed entry into all Australian states.
“The first shipments of peaches and nectarines from California successfully landed in Australia, passed inspection and are on their way to markets for Australian consumers to enjoy,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a written statement. “This success comes after several years of negotiations with the Australian government at all levels — from U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich to USDA staff from APHIS and the Foreign Agricultural Service.”
Australia published import conditions for market access of peaches and nectarines from California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to Australia in July.
Australia’s international merchandise imports in August totaled A$21.7 billion (about US$20.3 billion), slipping 1 percent from A$22.0 billion in July, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
In seasonally adjusted terms, goods imports rose 1 percent between July and August to A$22.6 billion. Consumption goods rose 5 percent, driven by non-industrial transport equipment, up 5 percent, and food and beverages, up 9 percent. Non-monetary gold and capital goods rose as well, but intermediate and other merchandise goods dropped.
Month-over-month gains in food and live animals, manufactured goods and miscellaneous manufactured articles were offset by drops in beverages and tobacco; crude materials, inedible, except fuels; mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials; animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes; chemicals and related products; machinery and transport equipment; and commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere.